no movement

Site-specific installation with sculpture of found car parts and sound piece for short wave FM radio, 2021, 49:16
Installed Adam’s Square Mini Park Gas Station (Streamline Moderne, 1936), 1020 E Palmer, Glendale, CA, Winter 2021

SOUND BROADCAST COMING THIS SPRING ON MATERIALS & APPLICATIONS RADIO:::  96.7 KGAP-LP FM, Los Angeles’ only terrestrial architecture radio station

SOUND BROADCAST COMING THIS SPRING ON MATERIALS & APPLICATIONS RADIO:::   96.7 KGAP-LP FM, Los Angeles’ only terrestrial architecture radio station


You are listening to multiple recordings of my work commute edited together as one as I listen to the radio and drive along with other sounds layered into the work. The length of the piece is the length of my longest day one way. 

“No Movement” celebrates and critiques the Streamline Moderne architecture of the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station that emphasizes speed at the early stages of car culture. Today as we in greater Los Angeles deal with extreme commutes and traffic issues and also continue to enjoy our mobile independence, how much has changed since the 1930’s when it was constructed? How might we shift in our thinking as we deal with changes in climate, relationships, and resources? What do these things reveal about our culture? 


Credits
This work is made possible by the generous support of the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission

Hand-painted signs by Greg Gonzalez, Gonzo Sign Co @gregogonzosigns

Radio on the radio: Los Angeles member supported public radio stations KKJZ and KUSC

Nature Now audio clip by @ tommustill / Gripping Films / www.grippingfilms.com with @GeorgeMonbiot and @GretaThunberg #naturenow

Car Footprint (2008) audio clip from National Geographic 

Bird sounds courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology using MP3s from my copy of the Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: Essential Set for North America (2014). We hear California gulls, thrashers, and towhees.

After “I am sitting in a room” (1969) by Alvin Lucier

A big thank you to Manuel and the guys at Ralfi’s Collision Center for some discarded car parts

Thank you!



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